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Mt. SAC Wrestling Wins Eight of Ten Matches, Defeats Palomar, 37-9, in Southwest Conference Dual

Picture of Mt. SAC Wrestler vs. Palomar
Picture of Mt. SAC Wrestler vs. Palomar
By John M. Sherrard
(Walnut, CA) The Mt. SAC Wrestling Team captured eight of ten matches to easily defeat visiting Palomar College, 37-9, and remain undefeated in the Southwest Conference at 3-0.
John Whisner (125 lbs.) began the dual with a technical fall, at 5:00 minutes, giving the Mounties a 5-0 lead.
At the 133 pound weight class, Julian Melecio easily defeated his opponent by major decision (4 team points) which gave increased Mt. SAC's lead to nine.
Palomar, 0-3 in conference, won the first of its two matches in the 141 Lb. weight class with an 8-5 decision (3 team points) over Mt. SAC's Andrew Saucedo, closing Mt. SAC's lead to 9-3
The Mounties then reeled off six straight wins.  The first two wins came on consecutive first period Mt. SAC pins (6 team points) by Manuel Salcedo (149 Lbs.) at 2:30 and Joseph Dominguez (157 Lbs.) at 1:07, stretched the Mountie lead to 21-3 after five matches.
At the 165 lb. weight class, Mt. SAC's Matthew Mejia provided one of the best matches of the night, with a back and forth match that ended in a slim, 12-11, decision. Each wrestler had two take downs (2 pts. each) and two escapes (1 point each) in the first period as they
were tied, 6-6. At the end of the second period, Mejia took an 8-7 lead after a two-point reversal (2 pts.) and an escape by his opponent.
With a one-point lead heading into the final period, Mejia found himself trailing, 11-10 with time winding down in the match.  In the grasp of his opponent, Mejia had a reversal as time expired to take the win and extend Mt. SAC's lead to 24-3.       
Hector Vargas (174 Lbs.) won by technical fall (2:57) for the win (5 team points) that gave Mt. SAC a 29-3 lead and the match victory.
In the 184 Lb. weight class, Luis Melecio won by decision (6-1, 3 team points) and David Chavarria won by technical fall (7:00, 5 team points).
Heavyweight Gabe Herrera, lost by pin at the 6:39 minute mark, for the second win of the night by Palomar, sealing the final score at 37-9.   
The Mounties next home match will be against cross town rival Cerritos College on Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00 pm.
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